Founded in the wake of the July 1, 1993, assault weapon massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco that left eight dead and six wounded, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is now the premier resource for legal expertise and information regarding state and federal firearms laws. Made up of the foremost gun law attorneys in the nation, the Law Center tracks and analyzes firearms legislation in all 50 states, files amicus briefs in critical Second Amendment cases across the country, and works with lawmakers and advocates to craft and promote legislation that will reduce gun violence and save lives. As a nonprofit organization founded by attorneys, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence through educating the public, free of charge, on America’s gun laws and the commonsense solutions that will reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
The Law Center operates as part of the Americans for Responsible Solutions Foundation, the 501(c)3 arm of Americans for Responsible Solutions. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
To reduce the immense loss of life due to gun violence in this country, we need laws and policies that work. By acting as the most trusted resource of expertise and information on America’s gun laws, we are able to influence firearm policy and legislation that keeps our friends, family, and neighbors safe from gun violence.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence provides critical support for the enactment of effective and defensible legislation at the state and local levels. Strong state and local measures address concerns of specific communities and regions, improve community health and safety, fill gaps in federal policy, and act as a catalyst for the broader reforms our country needs. By supporting state and local reform, we put our resources where we can have the greatest impact and meet the greatest need.
Since the landmark Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008 that redefined the Second Amendment, we have tracked all Second Amendment legislation and litigation nationwide. We provide information and support to cities and states facing challenges through maintenance of a brief bank, pro bono research and support, and amicus briefing.
Community education and action are also critical to achieving smart gun laws and policies. By making complex legal and policy issues understandable, conducting legal research, analyzing existing and emerging policy strategies, and generating model regulations, we educate communities, and empower governments to pursue effective measures that are legally defensible.
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence exists because we believe that none of us has to live in a society where so many lives are lost to gunfire. We all deserve to live in communities free from the fear and threat of gun violence. We can protect everyone’s Second Amendment rights AND enact smart laws that will reduce death and injury from firearms. We know it’s possible, and we know how to do it.
With your support—together—we can save lives.
What We Do
Accessible, accurate, online information
We provide extensive, in-depth summaries of federal, state, and local firearm laws and policies. The most comprehensive resource for information on US firearms regulation, we supply the foremost information and analysis on the Second Amendment, as well as detailed statistics, study findings, and polling in support of strong gun regulation.
Outreach and Education
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence produces reports and analyses concerning gun-related legal issues, model laws and other training materials, and provides legal experts to speak at seminars, conferences, and other meetings of public officials, the media, and allied organizations in the gun violence prevention movement.
Journalists trust us to supply them the legal background on gun policy issues and the legal aspects of the gun policy debate. In turn, we inject legal expertise into the media’s coverage of public policy debates concerning gun violence. Using interviews, op-eds and press releases, we contribute the legal perspective, emphasizing that effective gun laws enhance public safety.
Workshops and Training
Our staff present workshops for public officials, public health professionals, violence prevention activists, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and other community leaders. We use our workshops to advance understanding of the effectiveness of smart gun laws and promising approaches to gun regulation.
Legal Research and Analysis
Our staff attorneys provide data and analysis to support the adoption, enforcement, and defense of violence prevention measures. We help ensure that all viable options are considered and that the measures taken will withstand scrutiny if they are challenged in court.
Our legal team creates, adapts, and disseminates gun regulations that serve as model laws across the country. Our model laws are a starting point from which state legislation can be drafted, reviewed, debated and ultimately adopted. We also help state and local governments review their gun laws and draft new regulations.
Pro bono Representation
We work with attorneys across the country interested in supporting our cause on range of projects, from small research issues up to Supreme Court amicus briefs and direct pro bono representation of local governments facing challenges to gun regulations.
Coalition Building and Collaboration
As the most relied upon source of legal expertise in the gun violence prevention movement, we work with allied organizations to secure sound gun policies. We enlist the support and participation of the national legal community to stem gun violence in our cities and towns.
In the Legislative Process
As a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is invited by legislators to testify at state and local legislative hearings examining proposed violence prevention measures. We also provide advice and comment to help legislators and their staff formulate and implement new laws.
In the Courts
Our staff and volunteer attorneys coordinate the filing of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in which interested parties such as cities, counties, law enforcement and community organizations take a position on crucial legal issues affecting state and local gun regulation.
Our work is dedicated to the victims of the shooting at 101 California Street, San Francisco, on July 1, 1993, and to their families.
In memory of:
Allen J. Berk
Donald “Mike” Merrill
Shirley R. Mooser
John C. Scully
Jody Jones Sposato